Kidnapping stopped by Atlanta Realtors in Gwinnett County

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers 290004

Does anyone know who the REALTORS are that helped save a woman from kidnappers yesterday in Lawrenceville, GA? They deserve a courage award!!

See article below:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gwinnett County police are still looking for two men suspected of kidnapping a woman in Lawrenceville and breaking into two homes. 2 Hispanic men burglarized the womans home. Gwinnett police said the men took the woman to a vacant house at 199 Lester Road. The woman was tied up when the 2 Realtors walked into the house. The man and woman Realtors began fighting the burglars and the men fled the scene. The woman and the Realtors had minor injuries, and were taken to a nearby hospital. The investigation is still ongoing.

Comments (9)

Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

The do deserve an award!!  That's awesome!  I bet they get the listing.  :)

May 16, 2009 08:28 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Kelly, This is just a few houses down from me, I am on Lester. I did not know what was going on at the time. Regards,

May 16, 2009 08:38 AM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Wow I had not heard this. Why aren't great stories like this on the news? These folks deserve kudos

May 16, 2009 08:55 AM
Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

A comment to Charlie who asked..."Why aren't great stories like this on the news?"

I've come to realize that the "News" would be best described as "Today's Bad News" instead of being just called the "News."  Bad news tends to grab attention.  Good news is...well, boring to the media.  They aren't really interested in sharing good news with us.  Maybe the public needs to DEMAND more "Good" news!

May 16, 2009 09:45 AM
Sharon Kolb
Atlanta Decatur Homes - Atlanta, GA
Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes

Kelly -  I just wrote a blog on this, as I was so shocked.  The agents were from my former Re/Max Executives office, and I understand they surprised the men as they returned from a successful closing on the home to remove the lockbox and check things for the new homeowners.  The men took their wallets and cellphones, but the Sellers had followed them to check the mailbox one last time, and were able to call for help.


May 16, 2009 12:13 PM
Kelly Blake
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Lilburn, GA
Kelly Blake

Sharon, Thanks for the update. I figured it was Dianne Doughtery and her husband Mike. She is such a nice lady!

May 16, 2009 12:37 PM
Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

We have to remember to take care of ourselves as we care for our clients...follow the common sense precautions that help keep us safe.  One time when I was a new agent, I felt nervous about meeting a prospect at my mobile home listing.  I asked my husband to come with me.  The prospect turned out to be who and what he said he was--someone interested in possibily buying the house (he didn't), but having Frank come along was not a complete waste.  On the way home, he said he'd gained a whole new appreciation of my new job and the way I handled myself with the blowhard we met.

So glad these agents and the kidnap victim were all OK.

May 16, 2009 01:14 PM
Kelly Blake
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Lilburn, GA
Kelly Blake

My husband often reminds me to be careful and bring someone with me to meetings. It's not until we see news like this that we are truly reminded that this can happen to anyone. With the economy being the way it is, it's no wonder that crime has risen.

Update: Mike is recovering from his head injuries. We send him our well wishes that he recovers completely.

May 18, 2009 11:59 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Kelly, I didn't even hear about this! When I am showing a house to someone for the 1st time, my husband usually goes with me when he can. 

Jul 19, 2009 04:41 AM